American-based Scholars
in Germany


H-German offers the following list of scholars in Germany for academic year 2009-2010 as a means of sharing experiences dealing with specific libraries or archives, finding fellow scholars with similar research interests, and creating support networks to discuss dealing with practical issues of living in Germany.

H-German members who wish to add their name to this listing should contact Christopher Fischer at


Name: Paul Flaig
Institution: Cornell University
Location(s) in Germany: Berlin
Duration of stay: 10 months
Archive(s) to be visited: Deutsche Kinemathek, Bundesarchiv
Research interests: Weimar Film

Name: Christina Gerhardt
Institution: Columbia University
Location(s) in Germany: Freie Universität, Berlin
Duration of stay: research visits, Sept. 1, 2009 - June 1, 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: APO Archiv, Freie Universität
Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung
Research interests: 20th-century German literature and film
Frankfurt School and Critical Theory
Representations of Social Movements
Representations of Terrorism / Armed Struggle

Name: Ari Linden
Institution: Cornell University / Humboldt Universität zu Berlin
Location(s) in Germany: Berlin
Duration of stay: September 2009 - July 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Germanistik / Zentralbibliothek zu Humboldt,
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Research interests: Viennese modernism (Karl Kraus, Kafka, Wittgenstein,
Elias Canetti); modern German-Jewish literature/philosophy; aesthetics

Name: Chase Richards
Institution: University of Pennsylvania
Location(s) in Germany: Berlin
Duration of stay: through September 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Staatsarchiv Leipzig; Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig; Bayerisches Hauptstaatsarchiv München; Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München; Münchener Stadtbibliothek; 
Universitätsbibliothek München; Freies Deutsches Hochstift; Universitätsbibliothek Giessen; Universitätsbibliothek J. C.  Senckenberg; Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek Darmstadt; Nordrhein-
Westfällisches Staatsarchiv Detmold; Universitäts- und  Landesbibliothek Münster; Sächsisches Hauptstaatsarchiv Dresden; Sächsisches Landes- Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden; 
Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach; Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg;  Universitätsbibliothek Tübingen; Landesbibliothek Coburg;  Brandenburgisches Landeshauptarchiv Potsdam; Bundesarchiv-Berlin; 
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin; Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin
Research interests: I propose a history of reading in the German  states after 1848. The two decades following the failed revolution of  1848-49 saw a generation of liberal writers and publishers harness an 
expanding popular press to their project of civil education. My  dissertation will examine how this effort to disseminate liberal  sentiments in the middle-class German public actually fared with  readers. How were the literary ambitions of postrevolutionary liberals accepted, challenged, or transformed by established practices of 
reading? To what extent did this dialogue between intellectuals and literate Germans mediate the drastic changes taking place in German life between the revolution and national unification in 1871?  Structured as a series of case studies, treating both the aims of  important figures in the press and the reactions of individual 
readers, my dissertation will reveal a crucial motor of bourgeois  cultural formation in the German states.
Email: ivr[at]sas[dot]upenn[dot]edu

Name: Evan M. Torner
Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst (Fulbright Scholar at theHochschule für Film und Fernsehen "Konrad Wolf" Potsdam-Babelsberg, 2009-2010)
Locations in Germany: Berlin / Potsdam-Babelsberg
Duration of Stay: September 2009 - July 2010
Archives to be Visited: HFF "Konrad Wolf" Deutscher Rundfunk Archiv, Karl-May-Archiv, Göttingen
Filmmuseum Potsdam, DFFB Bibliothek, DEFA-Stiftung, Bundesarchiv
Research Interests: German film history, niche-market genre cinema, race
theory, DaDa, utopian/dystopian science fiction, electronic musicology, and
teaching methods
Email: etorner[at]


Name: Nicole Kvale
Institution: Universität Köln, Anglo-Amerikanische Abteilung
Location(s) in Germany: Köln
Duration of stay: September 2009-September 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preussischer Kulturbesitz; Politisches Archiv des Auswärtiges Amtes
Research interests: State and private regulation of migration networks through Germany and the U.S. before 1914.


Name: Jonathan Yaeger
Institution: Indiana University-Bloomington
Location(s) in Germany: Leipzig
Duration of stay: until 31 July 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Stadtarchiv Leipzig, Stadtgeschichtliches Museum Leipzig
Research interests: political, cultural, and musical history of the GDR, esp. Leipzig


Name: Stewart Anderson
Binghamton University; Institut für europäische Geschichte, Mainz
Duration of Stay:
Present to May 31, 2010
Archives to be visited (including those already visited):
Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Babelsberg Deutsches Rundfunkarchiv, Frankfurt ZDF Historisches Archiv, Mainz WDR Historisches Archiv, Köln; Hamburger Staatsarchiv, Hamburg; Bundesarchiv, Lichterfelde Archiv Müncheberg, Berlin; SWR Historisches Archiv, Baden-Baden
Research Interests:
television history, history of religion (post-1945), history of morality, historiography
Email: OR


Name: Susannah Fisher
Institution: Rutgers University
Location(s) in Germany: Munich
Duration of stay: 1/10/09 - 1/8/10
Archive(s) to be visited: Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Bayerische
Research interests: Ottonian liturgical manuscript covers

Name: Stephen Milder
Institution: UNC-Chapel Hill
Location(s) in Germany: Munich
Duration of stay: Sept 2009 thru July 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Baden-Wuerttembergische Hauptstaatsarchiv
Stuttgart, Staatsarchiv Freiburg, Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe, Institut
fuer Zeitgeschichte Munich.
Research interests: Anti-nuclear activism, 1970s, Green politics


Name: Ulrike Petersen
Institution: PhD candidate at the University of California at Berkeley
Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration of stay: from February 2010 until at least December 2010,
perhaps longer
Archive(s) to be visited: Film Archiv Austria, Arnold Schoenberg Institut, Österreichisches Filmmuseum, Wiener Stadt- und
Landesbibliothek, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek
Research interests: Cultural and social history of Operetta and Operetta, Films from 1900-1945

Multiple Locations

Name: Heidi Evans
Institution: Harvard University
Locations: Berlin, Koblenz, Dortmund
Archives to be visited: Bundesarchiv in Berlin und Koblenz, Politisches Archiv des Auswärtigen Amts, Institut für Zeitungsforschung

Name: David Meola
Institution: University of British Columbia
Location(s) in Germany: Lower Saxony (throughout); Baden (throughout);
Dortmund (Institute for Newspaper Research)
Duration of stay: Four Months (will be here two to six months in 2010 too)
Archive(s) to be visited: Landesarchiv Aurich, Oldenburg, and Osnabrueck;
Hauptstaatsarchiv Hannover; Generallandesarchiv Karlsruhe; Staatsarchiv
Freiburg; Stadtarchive Karlsruhe, Emden, Hannover, Konstanz, Freiburg, and
Offenburg; Verein fuer juedische Geschichte Gailingen, Jewish Community in
Kippenheim, Universitaets Bibliothek Goettingen and Freiburg
Research interests: German and German-Jewish History

Name: Thomas Pegelow Kaplan
Institution: Davidson College/ZZF Potsdam
Location(s) in Germany: Potsdam/Berlin (some work also in Hamburg, Stuttgart and Munich)
Duration of stay: August 2009 - May 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Landesarchiv Berlin; APO-Archive, FU Berlin; Archive of the Hamburger Institut fuer Sozialforschung; Bibliothek fuer Zeitgeschichte, Stuttgart; Institut fuer Zeitgeschichte, Munich; Bundesarchiv
Research interests: Protest movements and representations of genocide during the 1960s and 1970s

Name: James Franklin Williamson
Institution: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Location(s) in Germany: Kassel, Darmstadt, Wiesbaden, Berlin
Duration of stay: October 2009-July 2010
Archive(s) to be visited: Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv Wiesbaden; Hessisches Staatsarchiv Darmstadt; Hessisches Staatsarchiv Marburg; Landeskirchliches Archiv der Ev. Kirche von Kurhessen-
Waldeck, Kassel; Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evang.-lutherische Kirche in
Thueringen, Eisenach; Archiv der Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraeberfuersorge, Kassel;
Bundesarchiv Berlin-Lichterfelde
Research interests: History of the public memory and public mourning of the dead in post-1945 Germany;
History of public festivals or ceremonies; military history or history of societies ar war


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